Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Fibromyalgia Doctors Denver
Are you suffering from extreme exhaustion and can’t get out of bed in the morning? Do you have deep muscle and joint pain that is disabling? Are you frustrated with visiting multiple specialists who don’t offer effective treatments and feel hopeless? You can take back the quality of life you deserve. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia are real conditions that are often difficult to diagnose due to lack of standardized testing. Traditionally they have been poorly treated by the medical community and often unrecognized as a true medical diagnosis. Most symptoms are invisible to others, making it difficult for family members and friends to understand your challenges.
What Are Typical Symptoms?
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Profound and unrelenting fatigue
- Post-exertional fatigue with prolonged recovery time
- Diffuse body aches, muscle pain and/or joint pain
- Flu type symptoms
- Brain Fog – impaired memory and difficulty focusing
- Visual disturbances, light sensitivity
- Digestive Issues – IBS, food sensitivities
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
- Immune dysfunction
Are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia The Same?There is a wide difference of opinion on the two conditions, even amongst medical experts. Most would agree that they are similar, if not related, like two branches off the same tree. Many of the symptoms overlap, however in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the primary complaint is one of profound fatigue, whereas in Fibromyalgia, pain is the overriding factor which is chronic and widespread.
What Are The Underlying Causes?
- Pituitary and Hypothalamic Dysfunction which are key in regulating hormones as well as the nervous system and sleep.
- Hormonal deficiencies, with thyroid and adrenal hormones being most commonly affected. This in turn directly affects the body’s ability to make energy. (CLICK HERE FOR HYPOTHYROID WEB PAGE)
- Poor digestive health can negatively affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients that are essential for cellular health, and can impair the body’s own immune function.
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction: The mitochondria are the engines of the cell and are essential in making ATP or energy at the cellular level. This translates into having more energy systemically. In Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia patients, there are often fewer mitochondria and the ones remaining are often impaired.
- Immune Dysfunction: There are several bacteria and viruses associated with these conditions. Most notably Epstein Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus, Mycoplasma Pneumonia and Lyme’s disease. Testing and treating these infections are critical to improving your quality of life